Intuniv: Answers to Your Questions

Intuniv is a once-a-day nonstimulant medication, similar to guanfacine, used to treat children, ages 6 to 17, with ADHD. Here's what you need to know.

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What makes Intuniv different?

The time-release kinetics of Intuniv make the difference. The quick absorption of immediate-release guanfacine causes the nervous system to fight the effects of the medication -- or immediate-release stimulants, for that matter -- when it is released, in a rush, into the bloodstream. You experience that “fight” as side effects. The extended, gradual release of Intuniv doesn’t seem to elicit this reaction in the nervous system.

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